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Mourning For A Failing America

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January 12, 2012 | 1,583 views | 13 comments

Harlingen, Texas, January 12, 2012: Ronald Reagan once reminded us that it was still “Morning in America”. Today, many of us are looking at all of the transpiring events of the day and instead of the Reagan mantra, we are mourning for a failing America.

The news bulletins that flashed across our television screens and headlined our newspapers over the past holiday season were sad enough to dampen the festive mood of many Americans.

We have the ever-increasing threat of Iran, combined with an Administration that treats this rogue nation’s growing nuclear possibility as if it were some tiny civic squabble.

We have a Justice Department that constantly attacks issues and legislation that are legitimate state rights.

We have a President who looks upon our Constitution as if it were merely a list of suggestions he can follow or ignore as his mood demands.

While these serious issues with international impact unfold, we have seen our national debt grow to the point where it now equals the total annual income of the country.
At the same time we have learned our housing market is not only in a dangerous financial meltdown, but growing worse. The country is awash with vacant houses seeking unavailable new owners. Foreclosures escalate monthly and many homes across the nation have declined as much as 45% from their peak value.

Everything from government regulations to the weather has wreaked havoc with our food supply. The government has also reported that in addition to escalating food prices across the country, more than 46 million Americans require some form of assistance to keep themselves and their families fed.

None of these concerns even come close to the wide spread impact of a failed economy. While more than 14 million Americans are reported to be unemployed, the actual figure is much higher. In addition to the actual job seekers, another 3 million Americans have decided to just drop out of the work force. Instead of an 8.6% unemployment rate, the country is really facing between 10% and 14% unemployment. Across the country major cities such as Los Angeles, Miami, Jacksonville, Detroit, Las Vegas and Tampa are reporting double-digit unemployment. This does not include smaller towns, such as the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where unemployment ranges from 10% to 15% of the population. Hovering over all of this bad news is President who has held only one so-called job summit...and 73 reelection fund raising events.

Using all of these dark reports as a background for the Administration and Congress to reflect upon and take positive action, we have instead, one of the worst examples of political or governmental failure in the past 223 years. Perhaps the only period in our history when there was a worse governmental climate was the decade between 1850 and 1860 when the performance of both the executive branch and the legislative branch was so bad that it could not reach a reconcilable position and the nation erupted into civil war.

Today we have rule by presidential mandate, which remains questionable under the Constitution. We have an inept Congress that not only can’t pass a budget, but also cannot even cut the national debt by any meaningful dollar figure. Instead they pawn off their major problem on a so-called Super Committee that proved itself to be equally bad and unable to take any action to relieve pressure on our ever-growing national debt.

To the spirit of the Gipper we can only longer do we see morning in America, but we do see mourning for those things that used to be and are now withering on the vine.

Semper Fidelis
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Alvin Charmaine  
January 17, 2012 12:25pm
It is estimated that 10% of Americans died of starvation during the first Depression.

Alvin Charmaine  
January 17, 2012 12:09pm
14% of Americans are on food stamps not 45%. You are wrong by about 100 million americans and you think im blind? Duffus. Conversely, 63% of Americans are overweight. Clearly people are managing to eat.

4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
January 17, 2012 8:48am
You call 45% of all Americans on Food Stamps "Better than ever"...It's because of 'blind fools' like you Alvin that we are in serious decline. What IS your problem, duffus?

Alvin Charmaine  
January 16, 2012 7:08pm
"there is nothing new to the idea of Government being big brother to all of us, Hitler called his state 'state socialism' and way before him it was be benevolant monarchy" ..... Ronnie Reagan 1960 Since ... More ›

4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
January 16, 2012 6:22pm
Alvin if you gave up 'all food', just think how many calories you would save, and how much money you would save also. I suggest you give this thought some real serious consideration.

4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
January 16, 2012 6:19pm
Many Americans have forgotten who we are...and, some never seemed to have known. Obama seems to hate a capitalistic system that has made the poverty level about $25000. $25000, folks! Do you have any idea how many people in ... More ›

Alvin Charmaine  
January 16, 2012 8:31am
Taylor I still get peanuts on Airplanes but I stay away from them because they have too many calories, the payoff isnt worth it. Im in my late 40s. When I was young the Russians were going to end the world, there was an oil embargo ... More ›

January 15, 2012 11:00pm
Alvin you cant be that old if you don't you remember when the peanut program was in place! Those were good times back when airplanes handed out peanuts to passengers Floresville was going the right direction back then. Remember ... More ›

Alvin Charmaine  
January 14, 2012 9:34pm
I cant remember it being better in our lifetimes. We have always had international threats and economic hard tims are not new to us. We are more populated now, that is the primary difference.

Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
January 14, 2012 8:28pm
A sad commentary on America.

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